S.M. Wolf – Lies To Heathens [TMN PREMIERE]

S.M. Wolf
Lies To Heathens

A catchy-as-hell, energetic, and anthemic tune is just what we needed to shake an unfortunate hangover from last night’s office Halloween party, and luckily for us, and our aching, cloudy heads, Indy-based S.M. Wolf has saved the day with “Lies to Heathens.”

You may not have heard of this band quite yet, but with their highly infectious, sing-along style, it won’t be long before you start seeing them pop up all over the place. This tune highlights their indie-psych-pop prowess, boasting a nostalgic sound rife with soaring guitars, playful vocal harmonies, and an incredibly memorable chorus.

This is the second sneak peek at their forthcoming album, Neon Debris, which drops on November 7th via both In Store Recordings and Jurassic Pop.

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[Denver Giveaway] TMN Presents: Small Black w/ Painted Palms @ Larimer Lounge – 10/31

Denver Event Giveaway
TMN Presents: Small Black @ Larimer Lounge - 10/31

We’ve been absolutely ecstatic about our next ‘TMN Presents’ show in Denver, so for Halloween we have quite the special night planned. Coming off of their latest long-player, Best Blues, on mega-tastemaking imprint Jagjaguwar, we’re thrilled to bring Brooklyn based four-piece Small Black to the Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO this Halloween. Already with an impressive list of releases including two EP’s and 3 full-lengths ranging from wistful electro-indie-pop to chillwave and lofi 80’s pop throwback, Small Black has left quite the impressive footprint in just the five years they’ve been releasing music together. This Saturday is looking to be quite the party as well, with support coming from San Francisco psychedelic synth purveyors Painted Palms, who also will be drawing from a pool of freshly minted tunes with the recent release of their second album, Horizons, on Polyvinyl Records. We’re getting our costumes in order, and ears tuned for what will no doubt be a night of tasteful debauchery in Denver.

Of course, you didn’t think we’d stop there did you? As we’re presenting this one, you know we had to get our fellow Ninjas in on the fun too, so we’re giving away not one, but TWO pairs of tickets to catch one of the best Halloween shows around. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Small Black or Painted Palms song, and boom, that’s it! And of course we want as many people as possible to come celebrate our favorite holiday with us so for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets can easily be purchased at the link here as well.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Larimer Lounge door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

Small Black
Boys Life
Small Black
No Stranger
Small Black
Back At Belles
Painted Palms
Painted Palms
Spinning Signs
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[Indie] Folded Like Fabric – Patiently

Folded Like Fabric

Some songs simply have a way of injecting a special feeling into the start of your day. Such was the case this morning when we came across I Tried, the debut EP from Folded Like Fabric and their opening single “Patiently”.  Folded Like Fabric is the Hastings, UK based project of Jay Mooncie & Connor Sims, and the pair’s jazz inflected take on a contemporary blend of R&B, pop, and indie sensibilities have had us swooning head over heels since first consumption. “Patiently” ambles out of the gate into a slow-burning build as Sims’ misty reverberations -which carry the faintest echoes of If You’re Feeling Sinister era Stuart Murdoch– dominate the first guitar-tickled half of the tune before picking up a loungey drum roll and gradually evolving into a more complete version of itself. The perfect pairing with your morning or afternoon coffee, trust us.

I Tried was released on 25th September via Beauvoir Records and can be picked up here. In the mean time, and since you’ve already made it this far, enjoy “Patiently” from Folded Like Fabric above.


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Alek Fin (featuing Robot Koch) – Lift Up [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Lift Up (Feat Robot Koch)

It’s easy to get lost in any of Alek Fin’s gorgeous, layered, and enveloping songs, but we have a particularly strong affinity for “Lift Up.” The atmospheric hisses, the iconic, repeating guitar sample, and the rolling clicks and hi-hat hits all come together around this Thousand Oaks’ artist’s haunting vocals, creating an inescapable experience.

Today, we’re not only bringing you a listen to this tune, which also features production work from LA/Germany-based Robot Koch, but a first look at the music video as well. Imagined by Effixx, “Lift Up” received a dazzling, avant-garde visual interpretation with as much textural depth and intrigue as one would hope.

This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.

After you watch the video premiere below, head over to iTunes and pick up the entire Án Mynda EP. You won’t be disappointed.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October Round #4)


The days are getting colder and shorter and shorter and colder. But really, it’s just the universe giving us more time to stay in, kick back, relax and play through an Indie Dojo or two or three of four. We are here for as long as you want us to be.

Boom Forest
Bay Ledges
off u
Silver Firs
Call it Home
Katie and I
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The Vryll Society – Full Pangea EP [TMN PREMIERE]

Press Shot

We couldn’t picture a better way to spend part of our Saturday than drinking in this four-track EP from Deltasonic’s newest signing, Liverpool-based The Vryll Society. The collection boasts a myriad of influences, ranging from psychedelic, to funk, to folk, to classic rock. Each song has a defined persona, yet work in perfect ensconcing harmony when listened to top-to-bottom.

Kicking things off is our personal favorite, “Coshh,” which delightfully welcomes listeners in with a calculated layering of elements that slowly build off one another. We’ve always been a huge fan of gorgeous, anticipatory, post-rock builds, and “Coshh” succeeds in delivering a quite otherworldly one. This will more than likely be your first introduction to frontman Mike Ellis’ vocals, which are an ethereal experience alone. When coupled with upbeat percussion, and interchanging howling and clean guitar riffs, you can’t help but leave the song feeling ultimately satisfied.

One of our other favorites comes in the slow and mesmerising “Metropolis,” which pulls its name from the 1920’s silent classic film. The verses carry a medieval Gregorian cadence and delivery, beckoning on memorable elements from centuries ago. The choruses then bring the song back into current day, exploding with soaring vocal harmonies, glowing guitar work, and a surging vocal range.

Joining up with acts like The Coral, The Zutons, and the Dead 60’s, The Vryll Society looks to make a splash with visionary Deltasonic label, founded by the late Alan Wills.

Deltasonic continues with the same philosophy as Alan started with, making and releasing music that we all love with new young artists. The Vryll Society are a band who want to push boundaries and share their wonderful music with as many people as possible and are astounding their live audiences wherever they go. – Ann Heston, Label Manager

With an already developed live performance being loved and adored by those lucky enough to catch one, we’d highly suggest heading out and experiencing this debut EP live.

The Egg
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2015 Round #3)


Change ain’t easy. Never has been, probably never will be. But without change, life would be mundane. Music would literally sound the same and seriously, no one wants that. We already get a little feisty when that one song sounds exactly like this new song. So, here’s our advice…Ninja roll through any change life may bring. It will work out for the best in some form or another i.e. this here Indie Dojo. We promise you it doesn’t sound like last weeks or the week before. Trust us. Change is good.

Coast Modern
Hollow Life
Bad Sounds
Pom Poms
Camel Power Club
Lawrence Taylor
Bang Bang
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